Twisted Hammer Forge and Farriery

Twisted Hammer Forge and Farriery Mike Workman, CJF providing corrective shoeing for balance and performance in and around Southern Pines North Carolina
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Today we started homeschool here at Twisted Hammer Forge! We learned about addition and subtraction, physics, geometry, ...
03/23/2020

Today we started homeschool here at Twisted Hammer Forge! We learned about addition and subtraction, physics, geometry, the measuring systems, biomechanics, all of the tools and their uses in the tool box, and some scripture. And he thinks we’re just shoeing horses. Thank you to all of my clients for your patience as I work while trying to teach my 5-year old while schools are closed

Handmade heart bar shoes from this afternoon. Cure-all for corona virus! Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone
03/17/2020

Handmade heart bar shoes from this afternoon. Cure-all for corona virus! Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone

Another batch of punches tested and getting sent out! Thank you for your business
03/07/2020

Another batch of punches tested and getting sent out! Thank you for your business

Some snow day shananagans! A hand made bar shoe for a horse with a proximal suspensory injury and a direct glue shoe usi...
02/20/2020

Some snow day shananagans! A hand made bar shoe for a horse with a proximal suspensory injury and a direct glue shoe using a century support for a horse with no hoof wall. Nice day to keep warm by the forge!

Today we made some suspensory shoes for a horse with degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis. The shoe allows the toe ...
01/29/2020

Today we made some suspensory shoes for a horse with degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis. The shoe allows the toe to float through footing while the penciled heels allow the back half of the foot to sink. The biomechanics of this shoe allow for tension of the suspensory branches to be relieved by recruiting the deep digital flexor tendon to increase its load.

11/19/2019

Videos from our 4-man event Michael Workman, Wayne Baesemann

Pictures from our 4-man team a few weeks ago. Michael Workman Wayne Baesemann Chad Holmes, Derrick Cooke
11/19/2019

Pictures from our 4-man team a few weeks ago. Michael Workman Wayne Baesemann Chad Holmes, Derrick Cooke

Today we were able to try a a new product by p and p systems. They make these shoes in a glue- on and Velcro form. We ha...
09/10/2019

Today we were able to try a a new product by p and p systems. They make these shoes in a glue- on and Velcro form. We had both available but went with the glue-on for today. These shoes are heated up and then molded to the foot similar to an athlete’s mouthpiece. Even the frog plate can be manipulated into multiple positions. They also have places for studs and options for nails and they come with a rolled toe. Always fun to try out these new products!

08/11/2019
08/11/2019
08/11/2019
Lighting the fire for the first time in the new shop at twisted hammer forge with my 4-man team, Wayne Baesemann, chad H...
08/11/2019

Lighting the fire for the first time in the new shop at twisted hammer forge with my 4-man team, Wayne Baesemann, chad Holmes, and Derrick Cooke. Thank you Joe Nygren for coming down all the way from Wisconsin to be our clinician. We appreciate you more than you know.

Hand made bar shoe from this morning
02/14/2019

Hand made bar shoe from this morning

These are the Megasus Horserunners. They are a Velcro shoe that allows the rider to keep there horse barefoot until time...
11/30/2018

These are the Megasus Horserunners. They are a Velcro shoe that allows the rider to keep there horse barefoot until times when they need shoes applied. It was cool to be able to finally use these since I have had so many people tag me on Facebook over the years in reference to them. The only complaint I had with them was the company modo “end of the Iron Age”. It’s definitely not the end of the Iron Age but may be another tool in the box.

Our 4-man team competition last weekend.
11/13/2018

Our 4-man team competition last weekend.

My 2018 competition year. Competitions have taken me a lot of places this year. I went to 3 world champion blacksmith ev...
11/11/2018

My 2018 competition year. Competitions have taken me a lot of places this year. I went to 3 world champion blacksmith events in Madison Wisconsin, Sheridan Wyoming, and Doswell Virginia. A 4-man team event in Blacksburg Va, and a clinic contest in Carthage Nc. I learned so much and had a ton of fun in the process. I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough( bob davis, Matt Hull, Cody Taylor, and Steve lowery). Thank you to every competitor and striker who has helped me along the way. And most of all thank you so much to my wife and kids for your love and support Kathleen Workman. None of this would be possible without you. Looking forward to the 2019 season.

Handmade concave shoe from today. Michael Workman
11/02/2018

Handmade concave shoe from today. Michael Workman

Quick and dirty heart bar shoe I made today!
09/19/2018

Quick and dirty heart bar shoe I made today!

Here is the next one on the list
06/23/2018
World Championship Blacksmiths

Here is the next one on the list

The 2018 Big Horn Wyoming Shoe List is out! Lamar Weaver put together a really nice list and we are very excited! The shoe list is also going out in the newsletter at the beginning of the week. If you want a preview, just click below.

Just a few hand made shoes from this past week
06/16/2018

Just a few hand made shoes from this past week

Here is a fun shoe I made in the shop a few weeks ago
02/13/2018

Here is a fun shoe I made in the shop a few weeks ago

I got to put medial extensions on this little guy today
08/21/2017

I got to put medial extensions on this little guy today

This is a horse with a sheared heel that seems to create a pretty bad medial lateral imbalance. I hand made a straight b...
08/03/2017

This is a horse with a sheared heel that seems to create a pretty bad medial lateral imbalance. I hand made a straight bar shoe and floated the heel to allow the soft tissue to settle throughout the cycle

This was another proximal suspensory injury that came into the clinic. I handmade an aluminum egg bar shoe and then appl...
08/03/2017

This was another proximal suspensory injury that came into the clinic. I handmade an aluminum egg bar shoe and then applied it with glue because there was not enough wall to nail to.

These are shoes I made for a horse that was prescribed egg bar shoes for a proximal suspensory injury
06/23/2017

These are shoes I made for a horse that was prescribed egg bar shoes for a proximal suspensory injury

This is a shoe I made today for a horse that had surgery on its collateral ligament
05/31/2017

This is a shoe I made today for a horse that had surgery on its collateral ligament

Great progress on a case we have been working on!
01/23/2017

Great progress on a case we have been working on!

This week’s *Rehab Report* is an update on a very popular post!

This horse came to us for concern about the developing flexural limb deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint (developed a “club” foot) and had a history of becoming sore for about a week post farrier work. Since being under our care, we are happy to report he has been very comfortable and has even begun training! Shoeing with toe extensions, administration of oxytetracycline, and several days of a NSAID were chosen as this horse’s treatment protocol. This combination is used to stretch and relax the tendons; allowing for a more normal growth pattern and lower limb conformation. As you will see in the pictures, we decided he had improved so significantly that we would place regular steal shoes on this time. This is a safer choice for a horse in training. Training will continue to stretch the tendons to allow for continued improvement!

This is a great case to emphasize the importance of fostering a great veterinary farrier relationship. Each professional plays a vital role in accomplishing success in many of our equine patients and can bring different ideas, prospective and skill sets to the table. We are lucky to have our resident farrier, Mike Workman CJF to assist in this case. At Hassinger Equine we love and emphasize team work and both our veterinarians and farrier would be happy to consult and work with your vet/farrier on any case!

Neat project we worked on at the clinic this week!
12/06/2016

Neat project we worked on at the clinic this week!

This week's Rehab Report! A closer look at some of the varied services provided at our state of the art rehabilitation facility in Aberdeen, NC.

This past week we began treatment on a horse with a mild acquired flexural deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint. Frequently this is referred to as contracted tendons and in this case it caused a mild club foot. Flexural deformities can be acquired or congenital and can affect the coffin, pastern, fetlock or carpal joints. In this case, we believe it was acquired (meaning he was not born this way). Flexural deformities are grouped under developmental orthopedic diseases and can have many etiologies. With this case, we believe it was likely due to a large growth spurt. Treatment decisions are made based on severity, acquired vs congenital, joints affected, and owner’s expectations for the horse. For this case, we had our farrier create light weight steel shoes with toe extensions. The toe extensions help increase the tension on the flexor tendons. The increase in tendon tension can cause relaxation in the associated muscle groups and allow for a more proper alignment of the joints. Along with the flexural deformity he had some mild white line disease which was addressed with hot fitting his shoes. In conjunction with the shoeing, he was given IV oxytetraxycline to encourage tendon relaxation, a NSAID to relieve any associated pain, and his feed was more properly balanced to support a steadier growth plane. We will let you know an update soon!

This is a horse that came to our clinic at congress that was presented to us with a bleeding quarter crack. It was non-w...
11/21/2016

This is a horse that came to our clinic at congress that was presented to us with a bleeding quarter crack. It was non-weight bearing so we hand made an aluminum bar shoe to fit the horse, floated the lateral side of the foot where the quarter crack was, and used a pour in pad for load sharing. You can see from the video that he now is much more comfortable

These are some of the shoes I made while we were at the world show in Oklahoma
11/21/2016

These are some of the shoes I made while we were at the world show in Oklahoma

10/12/2016
Hassinger Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Excited to be working with the Hassinger Team this year!

Meet the staff and take a look "behind the scenes" at our mobile clinic set up here at the All American Quarter Horse Congress!
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This is a before and after shot of a horse we did last week that came in the clinic with coffin joint pain. when looking...
09/09/2016

This is a before and after shot of a horse we did last week that came in the clinic with coffin joint pain. when looking at balance, ideally we like to see 50% of the foot in front of the widest point and 50% of the foot behind the widest point. We drew lines in the radiographs to indicate the center of articulation so that you can see how much this can be manipulated with the placement of the shoe and balance of the trim.

We had a very busy week at the clinic last week
09/07/2016

We had a very busy week at the clinic last week

Twisted Hammer Forge and Farriery's cover photo
08/29/2016

Twisted Hammer Forge and Farriery's cover photo

Finished up my patten  bar shoe and fishtail bar shoe today. These were fun projects
08/18/2016

Finished up my patten bar shoe and fishtail bar shoe today. These were fun projects

Twisted Hammer Forge and Farriery
08/16/2016

Twisted Hammer Forge and Farriery

Here is an aluminum bar shoe I made for a horse yesterday evening. It was dark out so it made it difficult to get a decent picture.

Here is an aluminum bar shoe I made for a horse yesterday evening. It was dark out so it made it difficult to get a dece...
08/16/2016

Here is an aluminum bar shoe I made for a horse yesterday evening. It was dark out so it made it difficult to get a decent picture.

We are all done here in Oklahoma City at AQHA youth worlds. I got to finish up the show by hand making a pair of shoes f...
08/12/2016

We are all done here in Oklahoma City at AQHA youth worlds. I got to finish up the show by hand making a pair of shoes for a barrel horse. Good luck to everyone and safe travels. Next stop.. Tulsa Oklahoma for the NSBA show.

We are all done in Ohio at the Buckeye classic and headed to the Youth World show in Oklahoma. Here are a few of the pro...
07/31/2016

We are all done in Ohio at the Buckeye classic and headed to the Youth World show in Oklahoma. Here are a few of the projects we worked on while in Ohio. medial heel pain and sheared heels seemed to be the theme of this show.

Excited to help this team to a win at the Buckeye Classic in Ohio this past week!
07/24/2016

Excited to help this team to a win at the Buckeye Classic in Ohio this past week!

Congrats to HUNTIN THE DREAM, Circuit Champion in Green Western Pleasure at the Buckeye Classic!

We are all finished up in Georgia at the Stars and Stripes show, and we have now arrived at the buckeye Classic at the W...
07/16/2016

We are all finished up in Georgia at the Stars and Stripes show, and we have now arrived at the buckeye Classic at the World Equestrian Center in Ohio. Here are a few photos of one of the projects from the last show. This horse had a major quarter crack hidden under massive amounts of hoof dressing. Hassinger Equine provided free farrier radiographs for everyone which allowed us to properly balance the horse as well as provide a free education for the horse owners and trainers about how important the horses hooves are.

Just a few of the shoes I made this week
06/12/2016

Just a few of the shoes I made this week

Set up and ready to go... JB Hunt Horse Complex
06/08/2016

Set up and ready to go... JB Hunt Horse Complex

Packing up and heading to the Tarheel Triple Classic in Raleigh North Carolina. I look forward to seeing everyone there!...
06/05/2016

Packing up and heading to the Tarheel Triple Classic in Raleigh North Carolina. I look forward to seeing everyone there! We will be there for the next 2 weeks so feel free to call 540-336-5747

I want to thank all my clients from the bottom of my heart. You are all 5 star clients in my book and I can not thank yo...
06/02/2016

I want to thank all my clients from the bottom of my heart. You are all 5 star clients in my book and I can not thank you enough for your loyalty and business you have given me over the years. As you know, my wife has graduated from vet school and is now working for an equine sports medicine clinic in North Carolina and have relocated to the Southern Pines area. We will be traveling the country 46 weeks of the year working the horse shows. To make this a family friendly adventure, we decided to live in a camper for the next year since we will be on the road the majority of the time. My brother and I did a great deal of custom work to this trailer to make this a farrier friendly rig so I can bring everything I need to work the horse shows. No tool was left behind. We will be keeping the page updated to let you know what state we are in each time we move so if you are close by, please come visit. Thank you all so much for your business, and I look forward to seeing you one day in the future.

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450 Addore Rd
Aberdeen, NC
28315

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(540) 336-5747

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I can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your day to educate my children on the work of a blacksmith. All I kept hearing them say is, “you inspire me.” You, sir, are a caring, highly educated and talented individual and my boys will not forget this. Thank you!